Six constituencies have over 6,000 voters – Eye Witness News
NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As voter registration continues to climb slowly, at least six constituencies have more than 6,000 registered voters to date.
Until last week, the current electoral register stood at 189,888 voters, of which 131,528 were registered on New Providence; 30,348 on Grand Bahama; and 28,012 on the Family Islands.
According to data provided by Acting Parliamentary Commissioner Lavado Duncanson, constituencies with high voter registration numbers are Golden Islands (7,134), Killarney (6,696), Tall Pines, (6,138), central Grand Bahama (6,631 ), east of Grand Bahama (6,322) and Marco City (6,187).
The latest figures show a marked increase in the number of voters in these areas in the 2017 general election.
At that time, Golden Isles had 6,004 voters, Killarney 5,700, Tall Pines 5,033, Central Grand Bahama 5,608, East Grand Bahama 5,562, and Marco City 5,402.
There were 181,000 registered voters in the last election, with a turnout of around 88%.
The other constituencies have seen their number of voters increase steadily, with some constituencies remaining close to their number of voters from 2017.
These ridings include: Bains and Grants Town (4,815); Bamboo Town (5,756); Carmichael (5,979); Centerville (5,219); Elizabeth (5,545); Englerston (4,888); Fort Charlotte (4,820); Fox Hill (5,896); Freetown (4,941); Garden Hills (5,228); Golden Gates (5,442); Marathon (5,334); Mount Moriah (5,226); Village of Nassau (5,637); Pinewood (5,351); St Anne (5,389); St Barnabas (4,440); Seabreeze (5,572); South Beach (5,465); Southern Shores (5,571); Yamacraw (5,146); Pineridge (5,589); West Grand Bahama and Bimini (5,619); Central and South Abaco (3,276); North Abaco (5,004); Mangrove Cay and South Andros (2,108); North Andros and the Berry Islands (2,580); Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador (1,617); Central and Southern Eleuthera (3,724); North Eleuthera (3,373); Exumas and Ragged Island (3,330); Long Island (1,734); and MICAL (1266).
The Chairman of the Constituency Commission and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Halson Moultrie, said it could be difficult to achieve electoral parity given that some constituencies have significantly more voters than others.
Moultrie said the commission may recommend the addition of four additional ridings at the current borders – three in New Providence and one in Grand Bahama.
This limits report is expected to be completed by this week, Eyewitness News understands.
The government passed the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020, in December, which made the voter register for the last general election in the Bahamas a continuous or permanent register.
The Department of Voter Registration in Parliament estimated that there would be around 20,000 to 25,000 people who could register themselves – including new graduates who graduate from high school each year.
Various centers have been opened for expanded voter registration exercises in New Providence and Grand Bahama, including for people not on the 2017 register or who may need to complete an address transfer. .